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I am not British nor am I English,
I am a member of the planet earth.
My skin is black making it hard to distinguish
That I do not belong to any specific turf.

Although my passport may say otherwise
And there may be boxes I am forced to tick.
My Continental ties are instrumental in their eyes.
Just like you, I am vulnerable to stones and sticks.  

My hair may be curly and my nose may be wide
But my extremities are bound to any communal cemetery.
If you would be willing to compare a picture of our insides.
You will see that our differences are purely elementary.

Yet you are conditioned to see me as incompatible
And this misplaced backhand is something I can understand.
Even though your judgments are far from factual.  
Despite our fathers demands, I will still openly shake your hand.

I may wear trainers and you may wear shoes.
You might like rock music and I might prefer rap and reggae.
My team may win today and your team may lose.
But we both will eat, sleep and excrete on that same day.

There is no significant difference between you and I.
Both our offspring will often visit our engraved names.
However this a befitting we are all disciplined to deny.
But trust me my friend, the end is all the same.

Kela Lewis-Morin
This piece was inspired by a recent conversation I had with a very close friend of mine. He was informing me about a recent survey that showed an individual of ethnic origin applied for numerous amount of jobs but was unsuccessful. The individual then altered her applications by changing her ethnicity to a native resident and the same jobs that declined her now gave her interviews and other benefits. It upset me to think that this form of prejudice still exists after all these years. I only hope that as time progresses this out dated ways of thinking will soon become non existent. I hope this piece causes no offence and that is easy to understand and relate too. Please let me know what you think :)
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Tradua Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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This is really awesome!
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streetcamera17 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good day! This is a critique in behalf of :icongrammarnazicritiques:

First of all... I slow-clap you, mate. This was a very engaging piece. Well-done. I always enjoy reading social commentaries because they reveal not only the society wherein the individual lives but also of the individual himself. Have you ever read it? I think it'd make for a rather powerful spoken-word performance.

I do have a few suggestions tho in regards to grammar/composition.

And there may be boxes I am forced to tick.
My Continental ties are instrumental in their eyes.
Just like you, I am vulnerable to stones and sticks.

And there may be boxes I am forced to tick,
Since in their eyes my Continental ties are instrumental
but just like you, I am vulnerable to stones and
sticks.

You will see that our differences are purely
elementary.

Maybe it's just me not agreeing with the idea but I think 'elementary' is the wrong word. Elementary means fundamental, basic. The differences between people are not basic at all. It's in how they grew up, in what they are/were exposed to, the things that drive them and the things that haunt them, all that more. The psychology behind what makes each of us individuals is infinitely complex and can rarely be pinned down on one factor. Our biological compositions tho, well, that's more or less identical, blood, flesh, water, carbon, guts etc. I agree though to the main idea of your work. That there isn't really anything that warrants our racial prejudices. We are born, we live and we die. The rest are merely details.

But trust me my friend, the end is all the same.
But trust me my friend. In the end, you and I are the same.

All in all, good work. I really enjoyed it. Keep making people think!
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Spriglief Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

Prejudice is blind.  I am much more afraid of the people who take advantage of our prejudices.  I think the only way to cover our blind spots is to use someone else's eyes.  Self interest is a great motivator in correcting flawed thinking, or as my mother sometimes says, "it take a lot of different types of people to make the world go around."

 

Another noble effort. Point out to the employer that many of his customers wear "trainers" and listen to "reggae" and would be receptive to a sales person who were of their feather.  Preaching readers is rarely effective. 

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Aireansa Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
As always nicely done. Though sadly the world suffers from this and to be honest I don't think it's going to change anytime soon.
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Imma-Duck Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Writer
Quite well done. 
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ArwingPilot114 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoyed this piece a lot. 
Racism still exists everywhere, and I myself have to occasionally have to alter my ethnicity just to get jobs. :\ 

It's shameful to think that people still treat you by the way you look, or where you come from instead of treating you based on the way you act towards others. :( 
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The-Funkiest-Penguin Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear you bruv:D
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Porsheee Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Writer
Great poem!!! It's true... I wish people knew this. Everyone should, then everything would be easier and we might even have peace :)
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Momojiro Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Writer
I found this really lovely. It's pretty amazing :D
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914four Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said, bravo, and anyone offended by this piece certainly deserves to be. It often amazes me how society seems to move two steps forward and then three steps back. A few years ago, an affluent friend bought a used Porsche 911 from a dealership in Texas. I offered to fly there with him and help with driving it the 3300km back to Montreal. A few days later he told me he was going to have it shipped, because of the likelihood of being arrested for DWB in a bright red Porsche through Texas was too high. He seemed somewhat amazed that I didn't know that DWB meant "Driving While Black," and then even more so at my frustration with something so wrong that he has apparently accepted as an unavoidable condition. The best effort I can provide today is to educate my little boy, and hope that humanity will eventually come to its senses.
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Chyme12 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
All our temporal tents are of different size and shape and colour....................it is who lives inside that counts! May peace live inside your tent along side you. May truth be your food and drink and may love be your eternal comforter and your mansion of everlasting abode when this tent is wrapped up and folded away. Jesus said, "I go and prepare a place for you!"
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waterstar70 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I understand where you are coming from! I was adopted from Bulgaria and my birth father is Ghanian! I live in Seattle now- so I've had to face the "What is my identity?" question multiple times- I still do...  You are right- it's so sad people cannot see beyond our differences- no, it would be better if they DID see our differences but instead of fearing them, they welcomed them.

We live in a world of numerous points of views- But at the end of the day, loving others is the most important thing.  Judging others based on their race, gender, and sexual orientation is a waste of time- And the hardest part- is not letting those stereotypes define YOU-

Although people may confront you with ignorant views- Don't lose sight of WHO you are- Doing that just gives people power- 
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Lord-Kiyo Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Very well put. and brought together.  I have made an illustration that basically has a similar message.  Though I use a completely diffrent race to make the example.

We are all humans and practically the same.  but you did not neglect that we have different likes and dislikes such as music.
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DarkLover33 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013   Writer
Wow I love this. You wrote my feelings of prejudice beautifully. I really wish that more people realized that we are all human, regardless of the minor differences of how we look on the outside. In the end we all still eat, sleep and have to die when the time comes.
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Bohax Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
These words are very well said; it is a beautiful poem :-) I often have these feelings or sense them in those around me.

If you think that that story was upsetting, in my country there is an unspoken list of criteria which make it easier/more difficult to get a job. Here we say 'pale and male', that is the most unlightly combination to be chosen for most jobs. Racism is disguised as reversal of past misdeeds. We say that we are trying to reconcile but the truth is that we use justice as a cover for revenge. We say that we want a future of peace, but really we are thinking 'not just yet'. But that is just my country :-(



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rainismysunshine Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow what an amazing piece. O: I'm not sure what to say.  
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DorkaliciousRisa Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist
wow there isn't one word you have written here that is not true or accurate, I totally agree and the social issues with ethnicity or race seem to be endless which is really sad and disappointing and I too hope as time goes on, we will learn to love one another despite our differences because we are all one and the same :)
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Nnoki Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful you do a wonderful job
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Phantasm1 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It is sad  that sort of discrimination exists. I think the poem flows well and gets its point accross
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DTKinetic Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great way of speaking the truth and putting away the differences and realizing what's really important. As I share a very similar experience/perspective in society, don't let how people classify or judge you make a difference in who you are or how you feel about yourself. Continue to make your impression on others =)
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Awayfromtrouble Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
So accurate
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SEwing0109 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting and well-said.
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